San Francisco

Fredric Hobbs

Bolles Gallery

An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and graphics by the versatile Fredric Hobbs recently shown at the Bolles Gallery featured works in various media which were in one way or another peripheral to the production of Hobbs’ cinema epic in three parts, Troika, and included not only sculptural props used in the film together with working sketches for props, sets and special cinematic effects, but also subsequently conceived variations and adaptations to plastic or graphic media of ideas and motifs explored in the film. Perhaps because cinematography has given a new focus to Hobbs’ diverse interests and capabilities, this show, as a totality, was possibly the most successful and compelling that he has so far presented.

Hobbs has long drawn inspiration from sources historically related to the theater, such as pageantry, choreographic ceremony and the formal masquerade. Impressions left on him

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